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Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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168 Ratings

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-08-2003)
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Reviews by EmoBeerGuy:
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New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -14%

Apperance - Deep golden brown, appears to be a bit malty which was quite a surprise when it pour. Was hampered a bit by some chunky setiment that shook loose and plopped into my glass.

Smell - Wheaty

Taste - Wheaty. Seriously, I'd love to give a nuanced review but this just tastes like wheat upon wheat. Not really my thing, but it was actually unique to me.

Drinkability - After my first one I was ready to move on. Not a beer I'd quaff often but worth a try.

02-12-2006 20:24:47 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

Saison is one of my favorite styles of beer to drink in spring,this is a lighter version of the style.Poured a honey/golden with a fluffy two finger white head that suprisingly left no lace behind as it came down.Mainly Belgian yeast in the aroma somewhat phenolic with some herbalness.Not a complex beer by any means somewhat sweet honey-like flavors somewhat yeasty finishing herbal.A decent beer beer if not complex a simple beer,pretty easy to drink.

04-12-2006 19:26:48 | More by oberon
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2.68/5  rDev -18.5%

33cl brown bottle. Murky dirty peach in color, topped with a pure white tightly foamed lace and ring. Slight stick to the glass, healthy retention.

Clean aroma, hints of spice and yeast with a pleasant caramel note with suggestions of raw candi sugar.

Smooth and watery. Dry, crisp and sharp on the palate. A bit creamy from the lively and spritzy carbonation. Citric smack, grapefruit rind-like with some medicinal phenols and hints of nondescript spicing in the back. Some raw semi-astringent grassy characters in the hop bitterness, while a sweet-ish toasty caramel malt character ebbs, and a raw yeasty note throws in some soft breadiness and coarsness. Gets sweeter as the beer warms, more of a pronounced toastiness, but it still remains in the background. A very bone dry finish with a powdery feel on the palate leaves the experience thirsting for something more. Tannins are noticeable.

Kind of pleasant, but more boring. Seems to lack balance and depth of character, with a flash of hop zest and some caramel maltiness being the only highlights.

06-01-2005 23:51:09 | More by Todd
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-15-2012 17:27:49 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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2.73/5  rDev -17%

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky and hazy dark brown and orange. Two finger off white head. Some spotted lacing down the glass.

This smells EXACTLY like Martinell's Apple Juice, which is fine...for apple juice, but not a saison. No complexity, no funk, no barnyard, no hops, no yeast...just apple juice.

This beer tastes of dirt (earth?), apples, some slight tang from the yeast, grains, and muddy hop bitterness. Nothing mixes particularly well together, though it isn't at all bad.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, a touch sharp and metallic, and not particularly drinkable, especially for a saison. I usually find myself gulping saisons and wondering how my glass ended up empty so quickly--this one is taking a while.

Not any better than average saison. I wouldn't recommend this, though it might pair well with salty food.

08-11-2011 02:24:03 | More by ehammond1
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2.9/5  rDev -11.9%

Fairly dark orange color, grading into almost a brown. Respectable head, tall and rocky and leaving decently complete lacing. Not very aromatic, slightly spiced and vaguely estery with a light lemon sense. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation almost at a high level. Flavor rushes right past any malt impression whatsoever, settles into a steely metallic almost dandelion bitterness. Through all of this is a very light body, not adding any interest. Like a somewhat bitter iced tea after all the ice has melted on a hot summer day. Slightly dry finish. I'm just not a fan of this one.

07-22-2006 00:32:59 | More by ADR
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -8.8%

Not too bad. Quite a bity of peppery alcohol, especially considering its only 5%, quite citrusy (orange peel?), with a salty, bitter-ish finish, i found it quite dry. Lightly acidic. The palate felt a bit thin and short at times, but it wasn't bad, medium bitterness on the finish.

09-08-2003 03:44:18 | More by rastaman
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

06-09-2014 12:03:24 | More by Schlafly33
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3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a slightly hazy terracotta orange with a fast to fade off white head. Not a bad start. The retention isn't great leaving a bubble pattern that resembles a single ice cube after it's melted in some iced tea.

The scent is slightly fruity leaning more towards a green apple mixed with some lemons. A whiff of malt is there but scarce.

Taste is malty with a hint of the same notes the nose has. A little cidery with a light touch of toffee. Clean, very crisp all accented by a tart aggressive carbonation and mild spice.

The carbonation is a little much for me as it makes the beer feel and slightly taste like a soda water rather then a brew. I do like the sweet flavors that move to a nice dryness. An ok beer but not a great one.

12-11-2008 00:12:36 | More by jbphoto88
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3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured into a Good ol' Pint Glass.

A: Hazy amber coloration, fleeting head.

S: Smells faintly of apple to me. I'd call it apple+brown ale.

T: Tastes like it smells, apple infused ale. I had this standalone and with some pork ribs...and let me just say that it really went much better with food than it did alone. Great compliment to pork in my opinion.

M: A little bubbly, easy drinking ale. Nothing too special here

Overall: Wasn't thoroughly impressed by this offering, but it certainly wasn't bad. Great to pair food with, and maybe a good session beer, and even a lawnmower-esque beer.

06-30-2011 17:25:44 | More by Aberration
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2.73/5  rDev -17%

This poured to an orange and amber color with a minor head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is of pale malts, citrus, and yeast flavors. The taste is very plain, with the malt and citrus coming through up front and lasting through the finish. Interesting mixes of fruits and spices are absent. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still decent. Drinkability is fine, except there isn't much reason to drink it.

10-08-2006 03:19:25 | More by watermelonman
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2.78/5  rDev -15.5%

A- Dark hazy gold with a fluffy white head.

S- Cinammon and ginger are out in front. Very unusual for a Saison.

T- Malty and a bit medicinal. Developed more herbal/biscuit notes as it warmed up. Bitter finish- not in the way I like.

M- Austere and full of minerals on the aftertaste. Full of hard edges and a bit challenging to enjoy.

O- A very strange Saison. Not one of the better ones I've tasted.

07-10-2012 06:12:10 | More by Aml42000
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2.42/5  rDev -26.4%

Misty burnt sienna with eddies of bubbles feeding the monumental cream-colored stack of foam. It erodes into large pocked craters leaving a interestingly formed mesa on top of the liquid.
The nose brings caramel grains, treacle, waxy green bell peppers, and prairie.

It's impressive thus far, but here's where it falls off the cliff.

It limply enters the mouth with a coarse graininess, a trickle of toffee, and phantom apple. Then it goes totally vacant. The carbonation scrapes the mouth clean, and leaves a wetness and virtually nothing else. After this long uninhabited interlude, hops pop up with some astringent grassiness and that same bell pepper note from the nose, which rides into the finish.
Light bodied, highly carbonated.
No backbone. No structure. No depth. No nuance. No flavor. No thanks.

09-10-2009 06:31:21 | More by cokes
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +21%

A very enjoyable beverage..a bit sour astringent but malted down, and middle mouthfeel, but nice foam and bannana mouthfeel, drinkable acceptable spices. Very good aroma of spices and yeast. Lemon, honey, pepper, carmel. Golden yellow. Hay, suitable carbonation.

04-30-2006 07:06:36 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

Atypically dark, caramel-like. Fast and lively carbonation. Interesting seafoam head. Nice thick lacings.

Fruity aroma, somewhere between tangerine and grapefruit. A bit of fresh hop zing too.

Just a touch of nice, light, fruity malt and biscuit right up front but it's quickly overwhelmed by some astringent bitterness helped along with generous carbonation. Some dry continental hopping at the backend.

Nothing quite so bizarre as a quenching beer that you'd rather not have more of. Early flavours show promise, but it falls apart with some thoroughly un-saison like characteristics.

11-21-2010 19:53:23 | More by CanuckRover
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

The Geant's Saison Voisin pours a hazy amber body beneath a good-sized head of ivory foam that holds quite well but leaves little lace. The nose is wheaty, yeasty and spicy; and it's zesty in the mouth with a very fine-bubbled, natural, effervescent carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor is as the nose suggests with a wave of spice and citrus riding across it's wheaty malt and floral hops. It's well-balanced by a solid bitterness that works with its spiciness to bring it to a very dry finish.

05-25-2005 21:09:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a golden-orange color with tons of carbonation, topped by an inch of thick, creamy head that slowly recedes to a thin coating. Aroma of light Belgian malt, some candy sugar notes, and a touch of apple and other light fruit. Palate is mostly light fruity malt up front, with a slight influence from some mild Euro hops. An odd smoky character develops mid-palate and vanishes almost immediately, leaving the smooth, bready malt to emerge again on the finish. Body is a bit foamy if you're not careful. Overall, a decent beer, but a little disappointing compared to some of the other saisons on the market.

12-05-2006 07:08:39 | More by ElGordo
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-10-2013 12:38:45 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Kind of a smokey orange color, very cloudy and highly carbonated, boy what a head.

S: Not very much of an aroma at all, some light honey and hop notes coming through

T: Has almost more of an IPA flavor than Saison. The hops really dominate the flavor here with not nearly enough barnyard notes such as grassy-earthy tones that I tend to associate with the style.

M: Feel is very light on the tongue with the large creamy head really enhancing the experience.

D: Although I think this is a quite drinkable beer over all, if your expecting a classic Saison it is pretty heavy and strong on the hops.

02-01-2008 02:16:18 | More by nbree00
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3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

Capped 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a brownish amber color with a nice light tan head. Slightly tart aroma with citrus zest, yeast and malt. The taste is slightly musty with some spice and a herbal hopiness. The mouthfeel is very light and prickly from the heavy amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty decent saison that is drinkable. I don't think I will purchase again however due to there being many far greater saisons available.

03-12-2007 03:41:57 | More by cjgator3
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3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

I had this back to back with Noël Des Géants and while I certainly enjoyed it more (I gave Geants a C+) it tasted more like a simple, but well balanced, amber-colored Belgian ale than anything. I get the same dry hay flavor along with toasted dark candy. It's quite a drinkable beer and could make for a decent session Belgian, but the flavor isn't that compelling compared to other Belgian ales and saisons.

01-25-2009 18:46:38 | More by tempest
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

01-04-2013 05:23:04 | More by cliff1066
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4.45/5  rDev +35.3%

Drinking this beer I'm realizing that you always have to stay thinking yourself. If I would believe the other 131 reviewers this would be a quite bad beer. Or at best: nothing special.

But to my taste, this is just another very good saison. The looks are full and great, with a peachy colour and a big head. The smell is very subtle. The taste has something of mandarin, lots of spices, almond, funk and very good hops. The mouthtaste is full and almost perfect, with a lovely bitter (but not too hard) finish.

Overall: I trust myself: a lovely beer, certainly one to drink more often.

02-24-2012 18:38:38 | More by Filosoof
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

02-28-2013 14:20:56 | More by Seaba
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2.78/5  rDev -15.5%

Coppery-amber in hue, clear, the color is much darker than I was expecting. Off-white head, at the apex the foam had good staying power. Lacing started before I took a sip; however, before long, all that remained was a soapy collar and spotty lace. The appearance, overall, is pleasant.

The nose is softly malty with a wonderful spicy-sweet aroma. Sadly I don’t detect much further complexities. No complex hop bouquet. No yeast funk. The bouquet smells pleasant but it isn’t all that Saison-like. Maybe the color has influenced me but it smells like a Belgian Amber Ale. I love Saisons but this one isn’t really speaking my language. Moderate potency; the nose is not unpleasant but not inviting either. Meh…

The palate shows the pleasant malty sweetness of the nose but it is followed by a sharp twang of metal and bitterness. Oddly, the finish is soft and pillowy with some caramel candy vibes. Weak herbal notes. No yeasty goodness. Unpleasant finish… harsh and fairly bland; is this really a Saison?

The mouthfeel is medium, it fits quite well, the carbonation might be a tad high but it works.

I didn’t find this beer all that drinkable. I have a 750ml bottle and I am not sure I can finish it. It was more expensive than Hennepin and not nearly as tasty. IMO, this beer needs a retooling. Pass.

04-22-2007 20:30:55 | More by bditty187
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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
76 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.